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COM 121: Persuasive Speech Sources

This guide will help students find the resources they need for their speech assignments for COM 121

Welcome!

This guide was created to help you find credible sources that you can feel confident using in your Speeches for COM 121.

Library Databases

Click either of the links below to discover a large number of topics that you can choose to talk about for your Persuasive Speech.  When you are researching from home, make sure you select the off-campus URL.  You will need to select "Edison State Community College" as your Institution and then click "Submit."  Next, enter your name and library card number (located on the back of your Edison Student ID), and click "Submit."  Now you will be ready to look for topics and find credible sources!

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints in Context Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more. In addition to the engaging, streamlined interface and media-rich topic pages, the product's unprecedented collection of content and curriculum-focused tools that help students explore issues from all perspectives include: More than 14,000 pro/con viewpoint essays 5,000+ topic overviews More than 300 primary source documents 300 biographies of social activists and reformers More than 775 court-case overviews 5 million periodical articles Nearly 6,000 statistical tables, charts and graphs Nearly 70,000 images and a link to Google Image Search Thousands of podcasts, including weekly presidential addresses and premier NPR programs.

SIRS Researcher

SIRS Researcher

SIRS Knowledge Source is a general reference database with thousands of full-text articles on social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Articles are selected from more than 1,500 newspapers, magazines, journals, and government publications. Graphics, including charts, maps, diagrams and drawings, are available for many of the articles. It also includes "Today's News: Top News Stories of the Day" from Reuters News Service and "Maps of the World" with over 100 detailed maps of the United States and the world.

MLA Citations

Need more help?

For additional questions on finding the sources that you need for your research, send us an email (library@edisonohio.edu) or call us (937-778-7950).